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2024 NFL mock draft: Patriots pass on opportunity to draft Drake Maye

The New England Patriots have needs all over their offense, and NFL Network analyst Lance Zierlein think they will address one of those at No. 3 overall in April’s draft. In his first mock draft of the offseason, he has the Patriots select Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. in the first round:

New England Patriots

Marvin Harrison Jr.

Ohio State · WR · Junior

Harrison is an easy plug-and-play option here, but it will be interesting to see if the Patriots feel pressured to take a QB at No. 3.

Harrison Jr. is arguably the best pure talent in this year’s draft regardless of position. He would instantly give the Patriots a serious No. 1 wide receiver and upgrade their entire offense along the way.

However, acquiring him in this scenario comes at a cost: drafting Harrison means the Patriots pass on a quarterback prospect. With USC’s Caleb Williams and LSU’s Jayden Daniels going 1-2 in the projection, the team could have had North Carolina’s Drake Maye fall into its lap.

New England does not go that route here. Instead, Maye falls to No. 5 before the Atlanta Falcons pick him up through a trade. The Patriots, in the meantime, go receiver.